The Material Girl does not appreciate being reminded of her age. Thank you very much!
Madonna graces the December issue of Harper’s Bazaar’s, and in an accompanying interview, the superstar speaks with Naomi Wolf about women, power, and sexuality. Oh — and age. Madonna says she finds it insulting when articles immediately point out that she’s 53.
“I find whenever someone writes anything about me, my age is right after my name. It’s almost like they’re saying, ‘here she is, but remember she’s this age, so she’s not that relevant anymore.”
Madonna says despite her age, her mission is…
“to continue to be a provocateur, to do what we perceive as the realm of young people, to provoke, to be rebellious, to start a revolution.”
Madonna shares the cover with actress Andrea Riseborough, who stars as Wallis Simpson in her directorial effort, W.E. Like most of the pop queen’s ventures onto the silver screen, the upcoming film has provoked a barrage of bad press. Madge doesn’t comment much about that, instead deciding to focus on why she opted to make the film in the first place:
“When I brought up the subject of Wallis Simpson to people when I was living in England. I was astounded by the outrage that was provoked by her name. The movie is all about the cult of celebrity. We like to put people on a pedestal, give them one character trait, and if they step outside of that shrine-like area that we blocked out for them, then we will punish them. Wallis Simpson became famous by default, by capturing the heart of the king, but it’s obviously a subject I’m constantly on the inside of, and the outside of…I think my behavior and my lifestyle threaten a lot of social norms like the movie does. I think there are a lot of parallels and connections.”
Madonna on Her Sense of Self:
“I think it’s just that as a creative person, in all the different things that I’ve done or ways that I’ve found to express myself, I’ve consistently come up against resistance in certain areas. I think that the world is not comfortable with female sexuality. It’s always coming from a male point of view, and a woman is being objectified by a manâ€”and even women are comfortable with that. But when a woman does it, ironically, women are uncomfortable with it. I think a lot of that has to do with conditioning.”
On Being Guarded:
“For some reason, I feel like I never left high school, because I still feel that if you don’t fit in, you’re going to get your ass kicked. That hasn’t really changed for me. I’ve always been acutely aware of differences and the way you are supposed to act if you want to be popular.”
On Escaping That Conditioning:
“The fact that I didn’t have a mother helped me in some respect, and that I didn’t have a female role model. I was always very aware of sexual politics, growing up in a Catholic-Italian family in the Midwest, seeing that my brothers could do what they wanted but the girls were always told that they needed to dress a certain way, act a certain way. We were told to wear our skirts to our knees, turtlenecks, cover ourselves and not wear makeup, and not do anything that would draw attention.”
The December issue of Harper’s Bazaar hits newsstands Nov. 29.